Where to start with these guys! What a day. I had met with Emma and Max for the first time (they're from here, but are living in San Diego so we never had a chance to meet!) the week before the wedding, and rain had been in the forecast for about two weeks for their big day, December 26th. This had been stressing me out all week, so I knew it was the first thing I had to blurt out after saying our hellos. I am always game for weird weather, and it was such a huge relief to find out that they had already gotten umbrellas and were ready to take on the challenge with me.
Jump to the morning of their wedding day, and it looked like we might luck out with just an overcast day. Wrong. As soon as we stepped out of the hotel, it started raining, and continued to rain the rest of the day. BUT fortunately, Emma, Max, and their wonderful bridal party made it through the entire day without any complaints. And we made it onto Chicago's local Snapchat story. How freaking cool is that?! (Total millennial kid moment, I know.) The ceremony took place in North Chicago, with the reception following at the Great Lakes Naval Base.
The love between Emma and Max, and the love that their families bring is so genuine and tangible, and I absolutely loved working with them. My absolute favorite moment of the day was when I instructed Emma and Max lean in like they were going to kiss, but to wait until I gave them the okay so I could get a few photos (a little trick I learned from the extremely talented and inspirational Ben Sasso.) About five seconds into the exercise, Emma starts laughing and says "I don't know how to be this close to you without kissing you!!" Heart = melted. Thank you two, and your wonderful families, for allowing me to be apart of your special day! Wishing you guys nothing but the best.
Side note -- Emma's cousin did this mini performance on the dance floor, and I'm not sure what it was but the entire family was so freaking into it and I was dying. It was amazing. You'll see a few photos of it below.
All images copyright Arielle Gallione Photography 2015.